The 1780 Beer Challenge and Revolutionary War Festival

315 Main Street
Middleburgh, New York 12122

A Revolution in beer is coming to Middleburgh!

On May 16th, The Middleburgh Library, The Albany Ale Project, and Green Wolf Brewing Company are hosting a day long (1pm to 5pm), family-friendly event celebrating beer, brewing, and Middleburgh’s Revolutionary War history. Partial proceeds will go to benefit the Library. MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company, of Bath Ontario, will also be participating. The event will be held on Baker Avenue around Green Wolf Brewing Company (315 Main Street, Middleburgh) and behind the Library (323 Main Street, Middleburgh.)

The day’s activities include a Revolutionary War encampment, colonial brewing and cooking demonstrations, 18th century toys and games for kids, talks on the history of beer and hops in upstate New York and the Schoharie Valley, a Schoharie Valley hops display at the Library, beer samples from Green Wolf and MacKinnon Brothers, and Green Wolf brewery tours. Middleburgers BBQ and Under the Nose gift shop and bakery will be offering barbeque and baked goods for sale, and Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod will be selling and signing copies of their book Upper Hudson ValleyBeer. The day culminates in “The 1780 Beer Challenge”, cask tapping and tasting!

Schedule of Events (subject to change)

All Day

9:00am – 2:00pm: Library open with hops history display

Noon–10:00pm: Green Wolf Tap Room open!

1:00pm – 5:00pm:  Revolutionary war encampment with the Burning of the Valleys Military Association (US) and the King’s Royal Yorkers (CAN) living historians, featuring:
• 18th century home brewing demonstrations with Harvey Alexander
• 18th century cooking demonstrations with Chris Osinski
• 18th century toys and games with Marilee Urbanczyk
• Military drills and Revolutionary War-era weapons demonstrations

Special Programs

1:00pm–2:00pm: Green Wolf brewery tours

2:00pm – 2:30pm: Upper Hudson Valley Beer talk with Craig Gravina and Alan McLeod of the Albany Ale Project.

2:45pm – 3:15 pm: Historic hops in the Schoharie Valley talk with Green Wolf’s Justin Behan.

3:30pm – 5:00pm: 1780 Beer Challenge and awarding of the “1780 Beer Challenge Champion” barrelhead—includes tasting, judging and people’s choice vote.


Admission for the 1780 Beer Challenge and Revolutionary War Festival is $15 (for adults 21 years of age and older) and includes beer sampling tickets and a Green Wolf sampler glass, or $35 for sampling tickets, a Green Wolf sampler glass, and a signed copy of Gravina and McLeod’s book Upper Hudson Valley Beer. Admission for non-drinkers, or those 20 years of age or younger is $10. Children and teenagers under 15 are FREE!

All ages are welcome but you must be 21 to drink.

What is “The 1780 Beer Challenge”?

The Albany Ale Project, Green Wolf Brewing Co., and MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Co. have issued each other a challenge. A beer-infused re-enactment of the 1780 stand off in Middleburgh between New York’s Loyalist raiders and the Albany County Militia—this time with hops, grain, and yeast, instead of muskets and cannons!

The Albany Ale Project’s Craig Gravina, of Albany, is working with Green Wolf, while his partner—and Kingston, Ontario native—Alan McLeod is working with MacKinnon Brothers to create two Revolutionary War-era inspired beers—both made from locally-sourced, traditional late 18th-century ingredients and historical brewing techniques. The beers will be blind judged against each other by WNYT NewsChannel 13’s morning anchor Phil Bayly, food and drinks writer Deanna Fox, and Middleburgh Library Director Teresa Pavoldi. The winner receives bragging rights and the official “1780 Beer Challenge Champion” barrelhead. The loser must hoist their opponent’s flag in their respective brewery or taproom. There will also be a “People’s Choice” vote for best beer.